Inspired by a Hungarian count, Desiderius Pongracz, whose charisma revolutionised winemaking in the Cape, the singularly noble Pongracz is South Africa's leading Methode Cap classic has become South Africa's most adored bottle fermented sparkling wine.
Pongracz Rose is made of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes which are handpicked from vineyards cooled by maritime breezes and selected for their overall quality and suitability. The Pinot Noir vines grow in deep red soil at an altitude of 320m above sea level, whilst the Chardonnay comes from vineyards at 100m to 200m above sea level.
Pongracz Rose is made of 60% Pinot Noir that imparts a clean flintiness, and 40% Chardonnay for its distinctive body and taste. The grapes are harvested by hand at 18, 20°Balling from January until mid-February. After whole bunch pressing with minimal skin contact, the clear grape juice is left to settle before it is pumped into steel tanks for cold fermentation. After the first fermentation and malolactic fermentation the wine is prepared for secondary fermentation in the bottle. The wine is left on the lees for two years before the sediment is removed in the traditional process of "remuage" and "degorgement". The bottles are then corked and laid down in a cool cellar for a further 2, 4 months. Dosage with Pinot Noir after "degorgement lends this Cap Classique its enchanting Rose blush.
Delicate strawberry tones are layered with whiffs of baked bread. On the palate it is perfectly balanced with clean acidity and juicy blackberry fruit.